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Bela

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  1. Thanks for replying, apparently I was not clear enough. The Mac which runs Retrospect backs up 10 clients including my laptop. It runs a new full backup every 3 months and in the mean time the backup server makes sure everybody is backed up ( incremental) every 7 days. Nothing fancy. After one of these weekly backup I went down to the backup machine and made a immediate restore choosing as source the system disk of my powerbook and using as restore place a firewire disk. I selected the option completely replace disk content. In my understanding this should restore everything on the disk as it was at the time of the last incremental backup. Now on the firewire disk I have a copy of the system disk of my laptop. (better to say not quite.) This is what I would do if my laptop's disk would eg crash. I went back to my office with the firewire disk, I attached it to my laptop and selected as statup disk. The symptoms are as I decsribed above. It is evident that an essential file is missing, the one which has the com.apple.kernel.bsd kernel extension in it. The question is WHY is it missing, or if not missing why it is not found in the boot process? To answer Dave, the disk was empty, but anyway Retrospect replaces the content of the disk completely. next round? Bela
  2. Hi, I am using Retrospect 6 ( with latest updates) to back up 10 OSX clients+the backup computer all under OSX 10.3 with a DLT tape drive on SCSI. All seem to work fine with rare problems occasionally. I did sucessfully restore some files time to time. I thought I give it a try for a full restore, before a real disaster comes. So I restored my TiBook system disk (replace disk content) on an external firewire disk. Just looking at the result from the finder looks OK. I chose it as startup disk ( no problem) but to my surprise it could not boot. Gray screen comes up with apple logo, but nothing happens. To find out more I tried to boot in console mode on the external disk and I got messages like: "com.apple.kernel.bsd can not be found con not determine immediate dependecies for extension com.apple.BootCache ...." and similars filling the full screen and the boot process stops. I understand that if kext-s are missing it can not boot, but I do not understand how they can be missing? I did check that BootCache.kext IS present in /System/Libaray/Extensions/ on the restored disk. On the other hand I do not know which extension correspond to com.apple.kernel.bsd...so this I did not check. What can be wrong? Aren't we supposed to be able to restore a boot disk backed up from an internal drive to an external firewire disk? Using CarboCopyCloner ( ditto) is able to make a bootable copy of the internal disk to an extenal firewire one. So how this is supposed to work is disaster come? I bought the V6 upgrade by Internet download so I do not have an emergeny bootCD... Looking forward to hear any advice how to proceed...(before real disaster hits) Bela
  3. Sorry this a is repost, in the new feature thread this question got no attention, probably burried by the number of messages.... Retro 5 had an annoying feature, namely if retrospect server started while a non admin user is logged in ( or the user logs in while the server is running) there is no way for him(her) to log out as retro needs amin privileg to be stopped. Was this addressed in V6.0? If not will it be solved? It seems to me an obvious idea to separate Retrospect into a deamon which does the work and a GUI which communicates with the deamon when running. I certainly will condition my workgroup update to this issue... Eagerly waiting for a reply.. cheers Bela
  4. Retro 5 had an annoying feature, namely if retrospect server started while a non admin user is logged in ( or the user logs in while the server is running) there is no way for him(her) to log out as retro needs amin privileg to be stopped. Was this addressed in V6.0? If not will it be solved? It seems to me an obvious idea to separate Retrospect into a deamon which does the work and a GUI which communicates with the deamon when running. I certainly will condition my workgroup update to this issue... Eagerly waiting for a reply.. cheers Bela
  5. Did anybody noticed similar? I have Retro Worgroup running on a G4 X 10.2.3. I started a full backup, but at some moment I had to stop the process. It stated cancel execution (it did), compress catalog etc. All looked fine. When I went to the client computer (PBG4 also X 10.2.3) I noticed pitond was hogging 100% of the CPU. Tried again to verify (after reboot to make sure proper starting condition), and it reproduced. It looks it could not really stop the client side. Client is 5.0.540 which should be pretty recent. Is this a known issue and if so can it be cured? cheers Bela
  6. This is question for Dantz. I figured there exists an excellent application called BootCD which creates a bootable OSX CD from your existing installation and gives you the option to add more applications (within the size of the CD of course) I thought fine, just add RetrospectClient and I can easily restore my client computer by booting on the CD. Nearly works. The Cd boots fine (albeit slow) I can launch RetrospectClient BUT it comes up as desactivated and asks for the password. Entering the password results in an error message ( which I fogot to write down, but can repeat the experience if needed). Nevertheless the Client goes ON and I can see it from the backup computer. The problem is that when I try to restore something, it says there is a name/password conflict. Evidently it could not staore the password. I am afraid only YOU know where/how the password is saved. Why copying the client does not carry over the password? The client name is ok. On a CD I can not reinstall a fresh Client because it is write only. Can one workaround this problem, or I should not try to fight you have built in some kind a security?
  7. Hi all, this is just a volontary contribution to the community... I was surprised to see that there is no Restrospect Event Handler which send the mail report by the unix sendmail. I am far from being anything like expert in unix so I decided to make one and learn some things about unix. Here is a the resut if anybody wants to use it: 1) first of all you need to enable sendmail. You can find eg on www.osxhints.com the recipies how to do it for different versions of OSX. I will not repeat it here. 2) You need to modify the event handler. Below is the modified sendMail function. Note one difference, if you want to send to more than one email adresses you need to have property kMainGroup : "someone@here.there.com,otherone@elsewhere.com" that is a string rather than a list property kMainGroup : {"someone@here.there.com","otherone@elsewhere.com" } ( if you do not like this in one or two line you can probably modify my function to return to standard format) here is the modified sendmail function ****************************************** -- sendmail function for UNIX sendmail to sendMail given Subject:subj, myMessage:bodyText, recipientsList:reciplist if reciplist is {} or reciplist is "" or reciplist is {""} or bodyText is "" then return -- Nothing or no one to send to. set mail_text to "echo Subject:" & subj & return & bodyText set SendmailCommand to " |/usr/sbin/sendmail " set longtext to mail_text & SendmailCommand & reciplist set reciplist to reciplist as list do shell script longtext end sendMail ***************************************** good day for all
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